1. The Jets need to start Garrett Wilson and feature fewer tight ends
For old-school football fans and former Jets tight end/current St. Louis XFL head coach Anthony Becht, it was a beautiful sight seeing the Jets line up with three tight ends on their first play from scrimmage.
New York's game plan was to try and run against Baltimore, and they did have some early success against a formidable Ravens rush defense. However, featuring three tight ends, including a neophyte at the position in Lawrence Cager, did the team no favors in their passing game.
You can understand the premise of why the Jets dressed multiple tight ends as an exclusive offensive package. Part of it had to do with the rushing attack, but it was also an attempt to help with pass protection. The latter strategy flopped miserably.
It's pretty apparent after one week that Garrett Wilson should be in the starting lineup, on the outside, with Elijah Moore utilized in the slot. Corey Davis is locked in as the Jets' permanent outside receiver for now — he is the most physical player in the receiving corps.
For those who want to see Denzel Mims dressed and playing, the player who is prohibiting that is Corey Davis. Mims could dress as an added option over someone like Lawrence Cager, but his pathway to snaps and playing time is blocked at the moment.
There's nothing wrong with Braxton Berrios getting touches and playing in four-receiver sets as a complementary weapon, but the Jets must define the roles of their receivers and keep those positions consistent.
Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur needs to get his most talented passing targets on the field.
Moore can play on the outside, but he is more dangerous on the move, operating out of the slot. He can create separation and space better in that role.
Good coaching is all about putting your players in the best position to succeed. Blue-chip talents like Garrett Wilson should not be losing snaps to third or fourth-string tight ends, especially players who are projects at the position.
The Jets do not have a valid go-to target in their passing game. It's not for lack of talent. The offensive scheme doesn't have a clear identity right now. Top-tier passing teams revolve around their best athletes.
The Jets need to sink or swim by doing that immediately. Feature your best players.